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November Flowering in My Garden

Shrimp plant (Justicea brandegeeana)

This post is going to be quick and dirty. The purpose will mostly be to serve as documentation for myself as to what was flowering on November 12, 2020. Images included do not represent the entire yard, but I’m in the middle of a large photo editing project, so I must be brief.

I wasn’t supposed to be outside. Honestly, I was cleaning up the kitchen after baking a loaf of bread, when I was distracted by several yellow sulphur butterflies around one of my shrimp plants.

And there I was. Standing in the garden. Cell ph in hand. The butterflies were too fast for me. Normally, I can’t view shrimp plant from the kitchen, however, these plants were potted. I took cuttings to propagate a bunch of plants in the early summer.

Not wanting to get back to my sink of dishes too quickly, I snapped several shots of what was flowering around the rear patio garden. Camellia, featured above, with its lovely corsage-like stout blossom. I don’t know the variety, because these were already planted at our home when we moved here.

The same goes for this lovely azalea. I am thankful to the person who planted them for us to enjoy. But the variety, not sure. I’m not that picky about varieties. I try to keep name tags and write notes of what I add to the garden. If I lose a tag? Well, I’m not going to beat myself up trying to id it.

Osmanthus fragrans

Fragrant tea olive. Well, that’s a story I’ve told here. When we moved to the home, we were ill advised, that a lovely shrub outside our garage was a nasty invasive. We got out the chainsaw and…well, cut it down. Turns out it was this lovely (not the one featured above), fragrant tea olive. The good news is it grew back from the stump, and I apologize every year as I pat it on the head. But, in the meanwhile, I planted a couple more. To ease my guilt. This is a fabulously fragrant flowering shrub.

Banana

For the first time ever, we had a banana flower. Above this flower, we have a nice cluster of bananas. I’m not sure when to pick them. But I guess you’d say only one of the flower clusters was pollinated on this long stem, because each time a new flower opens, the individual flowers fall, and well, no bananas.

blue butterfly shrub (Clerodendrum ugandense Rotheca myricoides ‘Ugandense’)

If you want to call anything a “butterfly” this or that, it ought to look like it, eh? I present my blue butterfly shrub. It has undergone a scientific name change (not by my hands) and is currently listed as Rotheca myricoides ‘Ugandense’. I’ll try to remember this by singing U GAN DENSE if you want to, like a little blue butterfly.

Continuing with the “butterfly” theme, we move along to butterfly ginger. These are waning, and I am probably seeing my last few flowers opening this week. I have been transplanting the “escaped” ones and starting new beds.

A few flower heads are left on my hydrangeas. I didn’t manage to cut and dry any this year. In spring I found several “self-rooted” plant stems at the base, gave them a good whack with my trowel, and planted them in other sections of the yard. I love free plants.

I have several of these begonias. They have overwintered pretty well for three years; however, this year they didn’t grow to half the size they have before. Maybe I didn’t love them as much as they wanted- as it evident by the “weeds”.

This little rose that was gifted to me about 9 years ago is a pretty tough cookie. It goes through cycles, but for the most part, it blooms nearly year-round.

pineapple sage

I added a small pot of pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) to my garden last year, in a raised bed. Last year it grew to 4′, after spring planting. This year it really struggled. In fact, it only started flowering in early October, but it is surely a champion out there right now. I’m not sure why, but it only grew to about 12″ this year. I need to use it in the kitchen! Note to self.

Habanero: No, this is not a flower. However, I took his photo and I wasn’t going to leave him out.

My habaneros are coming on strong. I’ve been overwintering most of my pepper plants. This particular plant is two years old. The mother plant was three years old. I have way too many pepper fruit now. I’d like to produce these for a local brewery to make up some batches of spicy chili beer. I give you peppers, you give me beer. There is only so much you can do at home with peppers exhibiting a heat such as habanero, ghost, scotch bonnet, etc. And I have cayenne peppers coming out my ears. I bottle up a “hot sauce”, dry them. Use them fresh in salsa and various other recipes. I tried adding them to bird seed to piss off the squirrels. No such luck. On occasion I’m lucky to find my husband has made me a spicy pepper margarita. Cheers!

I don’t think I’m going to edit this post. I’m tired. My back hurts. My shoulder pain in returning which flares from typing. I’m working on some stuff, so I haven’t had much time to do any blog posting. However, the bill just arrived to renew my domain name on wordpress, so…….here I am.

Yours in Gardening,

The Garden Maiden

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March Madness in The Garden of Goods and Evils

Just sharing a few images of what is flowering in the Garden of Goods and Evils this morning. I’ve got some other images of garden “winter survival” and miscellaneous work going on to share later.

It is a beautiful day along the Mississippi Gulf Coast region. Crisp, high in the lows 60’s. We started out in the upper 30’s and it was 40 by the time I got outside with the camera and phone.  It is still only 50, but that won’t keep me from hanging laundry on the line!

Here are a few images from my old phone to share. I love this time of year in the garden.

Good, old-fashioned, spirea. A standard for vintage gardens. I believe this old shrub is S. x vanhouttei, but it could be S. thunbergii.  Now, I could go back outside and get a better glimpse and key the plant out better, but at the moment, I’ve spent way too much time working on this post instead of projects that will actually show me a little money.

My husband has commented that these two azaleas which have nearly doubled in size since we moved here 6.5 years ago might need a good whacking back. But, I’m not much into whacking.  In general, especially for azaleas, I think the bigger the better. And they do provide a nice screening.

This lovely two-tone pinkish azalea was planted, like most of the azaleas in my yard, by a previous owner. I am lucky to have two of them. They really brighten up the darker areas under the canopy of a large oak. If I thought about it much, I’d probably fret that I have way too many lovely plants without any sort of scientific  name/label in the yard. (Bucket List) So, for now, I’m good with “look at all the pretty azaleas”.

What I love about this azalea is that for such a small size (I planted it a couple of years ago), it has great floral impact.

Perhaps the pride and joy of my early flowering azaleas is this fine, bright, yellow-orange, native azalea that I planted several years ago.  Rhododenron austrinum (Florida flame azalea). Bet you can guess how it got it’s name.

And, yes, I have things other than azaleas flowering right now. Like these lovely, perky, little gerbera daisies.  Fortunately, they are perennial here. If you read the Southern Living article from the link in the previous sentence, you may wonder “how did she do it, how did she get them to live?” Well, maybe it is because the soil is very poor (it was some nutrient-poor potting soil I dragged home to build raised beds with years ago), very dry and I never tried to get them to live after planting them three years ago. But they lived! This is their fourth year blooming, and in partial sun. Of course, that partial sun is more than partial in winter when the crapemyrtles have no leaves, imparting additional sunshine to the bed where they are growing.

Ahh, wisteria. I trellised my vine several years ago, but last year we came home to find the entire thing bent over on the ground after a big storm.  A neighbor has two that are grown as standards: one lavender and one white. The white flowering wisteria has the most amazing smell, making my current daily walks with the dachshunds much more enjoyable, especially when I am carrying a bag of dog poo (the dachshunds are elderly, so the walks are slow, and I don’t walk faster than the poo smell). So, here I am with only a half dozen flowering clusters, but they are still pretty.

The Osmanthus (fragrant tea olive) had more flowers before the most recent cold snap, but they are still there, filling my yard with an amazing perfume.

Speaking of perfume…the banana shrubs are really going strong with spring flowers. It is no wonder after working outside all day with two banana shrubs flowering, I end the day with visions of banana flavored cocktails. (yes, I have an issue on this particular plant…some kind of disease on the leaves, which may be why the previous owner cut it down…but no time for evaluation right now…I’m just glad it came back from being cut down to the GROUND).

Well, that’s it for now. Are you enjoying your spring garden? Are you ready for March Madness? Go GREEN! Go Razorbacks!!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have two or three more blogs to post, but I really need to get an article submitted, bake some bread, hang more laundry, vacuum the carpets, care for a sick dachshund, you know…life.

Yours in Gardening,

 

The Garden Maiden

 

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Blooming in My Yard: March 22-28, 2015

Late March flowers in my yard.  Copyright The Garden Maiden http://thegardenmaiden.com

Late March flowers in my yard. Copyright The Garden Maiden http://thegardenmaiden.com

There is a lot of bold color in the yard now with the azaleas taking center stage. The butterflies have been thick on the blooms, busier than I remember the past few years. The butterfly below is what I believe to be an Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus). Mississippi butterfly list. Click the image for a bigger view. This would be a great time for a spring party because the landscape does some of the decorating for me.

Late March flowers in my yard.  Copyright The Garden Maiden http://thegardenmaiden.com

Late March flowers in my yard. Copyright The Garden Maiden http://thegardenmaiden.com

But they  aren’t the only ones with magnificent color. For the last week the wisteria has been peaking. I’m hoping what I have is Wisteria frutescens (American wisteria), but I am not sure.  The American species is reported to be less aggressive than the Asian species.  Time to do some taxonomic work. Wisteria escapes from landscape cultivation. You can see it escaped into the wild, blooming high up into the tree canopies on the road sides, or you can find it with maximum blooms trained as a standard and trimmed to a 4′ shrub in people’s front yards. My own wisteria (which I dug up from under some shrubs in my yard and transplanted onto an arbor) is more of a loose vine that trails up and over an arbor and onto a nearly dead fruit tree. The dying tree makes an excellent structure for the wisteria to climb upon. This is the first year it has bloomed, having planted a volunteer sprout in the spring of 2013. I hope to train another “volunteer” into a standard that will be heavily pruned for a massive amount of flower clusters in the future.

Late March flowers in my yard.  Copyright The Garden Maiden http://thegardenmaiden.com

Late March flowers in my yard. Copyright The Garden Maiden http://thegardenmaiden.com

The wisteria has a very sweet perfume, that lightly scents the air. But if it is spring perfume you are seeking, then I am excited to share my new acquisition:  a banana shrub (Michelia figo). This member of the magnolia family easily perfumes a fifteen by fifteen foot area near my patio. It smells so delicious I want to eat it, or at least whip up a batch of banana daiquiris. It looked really awful at the nursery, but it was the only one. I hope to make it happy and fertilizer it gently all year with fish emulsion to bring it back to full vigor.

Late March flowers in my yard.  Copyright The Garden Maiden http://thegardenmaiden.com

Late March flowers in my yard. Copyright The Garden Maiden http://thegardenmaiden.com

 

Also blooming now in my front yard, is the native member of the Lamiaceae family: lyreleaf sage. I wrote a bit more about it in a March 2014 post. After it finishes flowering, THEN I’ll mow that part of the yard.

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Late March flowers in my yard. Copyright The Garden Maiden http://thegardenmaiden.com

Although it has been flowering for a while now, the Loropetalum is still quite striking. I guess its pretty easy to see why it has a common name of “fringe flower”.  Have I mentioned my Loropetalum are about 15′ tall? Huge, huge, huge. But you know, I like them like that because they provide a great screen for the rear of my home. Today I was happy to see that the lower area which has thinned out because the branches are so tall (this is what happens when you don’t keep them trimmed to 5-6 feet), now has a lot of new undergrowth. I plan to keep the under branches trimmed to about three feet to keep a good lower screen. Until then I will keep planting other lower shrubs and bulbs that enjoy the space and help to fill in the gaps.

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Late March flowers in my yard. Copyright The Garden Maiden http://thegardenmaiden.com

The final shot for today is a pansy blossom. I got these out of a trash pile that someone had thrown away in changing over from winter color to spring. I can hardly turn away from plants thrown in the trash.

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Late March flowers in my yard. Copyright The Garden Maiden http://thegardenmaiden.com

Your spry garden friend,

The Garden Maiden

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